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Optoma EH7700 is centre stage at Battersea Arts Centre

Optoma EH7700 is centre stage at Battersea Arts Centre

Housed in a Grade II* listed old town hall built in 1893, Battersea Arts Centre is a place where artists, audience participants and staff can play a role in inventing the future of theatre. For a six-week London run, Battersea Arts Centre re-staged Orpheus in the building’s Grand Hall. Orpheus forms part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Gods, Myths and Legends season featuring mythical characters catapulted into modern day settings. The epic co-production by Little Bulb Theatre ran from April 8 until May 17 this year and told the thrilling tale of Orpheus’ ill-fated descent into the underworld, set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson.

In preparation for the show, Battersea Arts Centre needed a bright, robust projector that could create stunning images on stage that would dazzle audiences seated across the 150 square metre hall. The organisation is also increasing the breadth and frequency of its programming for the Grand Hall and needed a projector that could cater for a wide variety of applications and content. And it needed to be cost-effective and reliable.

Thomas Mindenhall, senior technician from Battersea Arts Centre, said: "We needed a new and better quality projector for a range of exciting productions before they head off on international tours."

A.C. Entertainment Technologies recommended the Optoma EH7700 projector due to its outstanding brightness of 7,500 lumens and the high definition imagery created by its WUXGA resolution. It was installed with the ProScene WT2 (wide) lens. The centre needed a wide-angled lens that was flexible enough to cope with the variation in throw distance when projecting onto numerous different drapes. The projector was hung behind a false arch at the front of the stage.

Thomas said: "We chose the EH7700 for the largest and most opulent space in our 80-room old town hall building because the projector can be used for a range of shows in exciting ways."

The flexible lens options and motorised lens shift, focus and zoom made installation incredibly straightforward and quick. Thomas added: "It only took a couple of hours between getting the projector out of the box to having the image ready to go. The ease of setting up was great - especially with our tight schedule.

"The projector showed a sequence of title cards on to drapes and gauze, within various lighting states, from full stage washes to blackouts. In each scene it was crystal clean and looked fantastic."

photo: Battersea Arts Centre. Orpheus image John Hunter for RULER

28th May 2014

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